Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Happy Anniversary to Me

This is it.  My first anniversary as a blogger.  One year, 202 posts, 5,500 visitors. Yay, me!

I feel like I have been at this long enough now to say, I hate the word "blogger."  It is an ugly word, a silly word, a frivolous word, that undermines who we are and the work that we do.  Well, the work that some people do.  My work, is, in fact, quite frivolous, by design.  That, in no way, changes the fact that I hate the word "blogger."  I think I will devote the next year to coming up with a better one.  Please e-mail me any and all suggestions.

I will also buy myself a copy of Strunk and White's Elements of Style.  I will exercises the proper use of the ellipses, which may not be easy for a girl who had to structure this sentence in such a way as to avoid the the plural of the word "ellipses," because she could not figure out how to spell it.  I will abandon creative punctuation, and stop flipping a coin to choose between a colon and a semi-colon.  Or using a comma, simply as a pause for breath.  I may still start a new paragraph whenever I feel like the one I am writing is just too long to look at. It's an aesthetic thing.

For now though, I thought I would celebrate this milestone, by looking back at some of my favorite posts, in no particular order.  No, really, the drum roll will not be necessary.

A Proposal Story

An Agatha Tracey Mystery

Toast O. E. and the Toddler Menace

Twilight Schmilight

The Saga of the Uppity Bath Towel

Of Marriage and Breakfast

(Not New) Delhi and My Date with a Pregnant Woman

What I Cherish

Ancient History, Bag Boy Style

The True Meaning of Christmas?

The World is Run By Stupid People

These are the ones I had the most fun writing.  But, the best and most important thing I have ever written, did not originate as a blog post.  It is the Eulogy I wrote for my grandmother.  I posted it here last November in honor of the anniversary of her death.

I have really enjoyed writing about our little life here.  And, you, my readers, have all been so kind.

THANK YOU ALL for coming this last year!
And please keep coming!  Please!
(Does that sound too needy?)


  1. Ooh - Well, congratulations! I'll keep visiting. You're one of my favourite bloggers (hate that word too). Keep on going!

  2. Happy Anniversary Tracey! A year zipped by yes? I do believe I found you through Theme Thursday. I will continue to pop by to see what is going on in your neck of the woods!

    I've NO creative word to replace blogger but should you come up with one I will FULLY support you.

    I am sending you a virtual cup of coffee from Starbucks to celebrate since your last cup ended up on the floor!

  3. Congrats on your birthday! Anniversary? Whatever - I have two toddlers and no brain. Which is why I love reading your blog - you have three little ones and still manage to be witty.

    I've got nothin' to replace Blogger, and I have no intention of buying you a copy of something from somebody named STRUNK. I like your writing just the way it is. :)

  4. Yay you! You put your puncutation any where you like it! You'll still be fun to read ;)

  5. Happy happy!! I am so glad I stumbled onto your blog. (Can we find a word to replace blog, too? Such an ugly word. I say we call ourselves writers!)

    I have been a little slack of late in reading the posts, just as you have stepped up and met your goal. Alas, I think this means I have missed a good many of your latest posts. This makes me sad. But I shall try to do better.

    And by the way, I think in creative writing the use of punctuation is flexible. (And I write formal proposals for a living so this flexibility is all the more important to me.)

    All I have left to say is More, More!!

  6. Yea~ Happy Anniversary! You are a dear and I'm happy to know you here!

  7. I've already sent congratulations in a previous post, but I didn't know this was THE day. My copy of Strunk and Wagnall has been banished to the downstairs bookshelf since I left University, but now that I remember I have it I should perhaps think about using it, too. Seriously, I don't think it matters much to your readers where you put your commas, what matters is that we get to enjoy your great sense of humour, the photos of your kids in costumes, in pumpkin patches etc. Keep it coming no matter how you spell it. Please!